Regie Gibson, July 1, 3 pm, Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters

Come experience the musings of literarymusician and educator, Regie Gibson!

Literaryperformer, educator & former National Poetry Slam Champion, Regie Gibson, has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for & received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. Himself & his work appear in “love jones”: a feature-film based on events in his life. He has featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, WBUR’s On Point, Radio Boston, & other NPR programs. Regie has presented at several TED X events & has been nominated for a Boston Emmy. He’s served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts “How Art Works” initiative & the “Mere Distinction of Color”: an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier, examining the legacy of slavery and the U.S. constitution. Regie has performed with, & composed texts for, The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale & the Handel+Haydn Society & has been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine, and The Iowa Review, among others. His volume of poems, “Storms Beneath the Skin” won the Golden Pen Award.

He is a recipient of the Walker Scholarship for Poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a YMCA Community Writer’s Fellowship, the Lexington Education Foundation Grant, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award & is a recent recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship for Artistic Excellence from The Boston Foundation. Regie teaches at Grub Street, Clark University, is part of the Emerson College Summer Faculty & is both Poet-in-Residence for Mass Poetry & head instructor for the Mass Poetry “Poets in the Schools Program” accredited through Lesley University. When not teaching, he is the lead singer for Atlas Soul: A world music, global funk ensemble & is Artistic Director of Shakespeare to Hiphop’s “Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy”: a multimedia performance focusing on the life, works & influence of William Shakespeare.

Free and open to the public.

 

Ed Meek’s work exhibited in City Hall and forthcoming elsewhere

Congratulations to NEPC Member Ed Meek whose poem was selected in the Mayor’s Poetry Program for exhibit in Boston’s City Hall this year. He also has a baseball poem up at Hobart and work  forthcoming in War, Literature and the Arts, Split Rock Review, The Valley Review, Pinyon Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Blueline, and Tell-tale Inklings! Be sure to l ook for his book reviews in The Arts Fuse and Digboston.

Breath and Matter: Poet/Sculptor Collaborations

Breath and Matter, a collaborative project between local poets and sculptors, will feature readings and art exhibitions this summer. Many NEPC Members are involved in this collaboration! Details here: http://www.bostonsculptors.com/breath-matter-home/
 
Wednesday, July 18, 5:30-8:30 pm
Mary Bonina, David Daniel, Oliver de la Paz,
Wendy Drexler, Audrey Henderson, Danielle Legros Georges, Tomas O’Leary, Ros Zimmermann
Opening Reception with Poetry Readings on the hour
Boston Sculptors Gallery, “Breath and Matter,” Poet/Sculptor Collaborations
486 Harrison Avenue
Boston
 
Friday, August 3, 5:30-8:30 pm
Crosby Baez, Alison Deming, Chard deNiord,
Anaïs Duplan, Anne Elliot, Lisa Harries Schumann,
Mary Pinard, Lee Sharkey, Sophie Wadsworth
Reception with Poetry Readings on the hour
Boston Sculptors Gallery, “Breath and Matter,” Poet/Sculptor Collaborations
Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Avenue
Boston

NEPC Member Paula Bonnell’s poem chosen for display in Boston City Hall

Congratulations to Paula Bonnell whose poem,”The Sun’s Progress,” is one of 18 poems chosen by the City of Boston’s Arts Department in its annual contest. This year’s theme is Diverse Neighborhoods. On May 3 a reading hosted by Boston’s Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges was held at City Hall and the next day 18 plaques, each containing one of the poems, were posted near the elevators in City Hall for the coming year.

NEPC Member Doug Holder @ Leonard Bernstein Festival, Brandeis University

NEPC Member Doug Holder was on a panel at Brandeis University Leonard Bernstein Festival (APRIL 17)
 
PANEL: CREATIVITY AND PUBLISHING
 
Panel included Lisa Krissof Beohn, dean of graduate studies, Bridgewater State University; Elizabeth Bradfield (Creative Writing); Doug Holder, managing editor of Ibbetson Press; editor Anita McClellan; and Sarah Mead (Music). Moderator: Rosie Rosenzweig (WSRC). Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Research Center.

NEPC Member Mary Bonina has two readings coming up….

NEPC Member Mary Bonina has two readings coming up:
 
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Event: Annual Members Reading, The Writers Room of Boston
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
 
Mary reads new poetry from her current manuscript-in-progress. She will be joined by members who work in a variety of genres: Geert van der Kolk, Margery Ganz, Simon John, Bob Dall, Rebecca Mahoney, Daniel Johnson, and Amy Hoffman. ​
 
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Event: WHY THERE ARE WORDS National Literary Series
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
 
Mary reads with Janet Thornberg, Peter Carroll, Barret Warner, Geoff Kronik, and Marisa Silver in the award-winning WHY THERE ARE WORDS National Literary Series (with locations also in LA, Pittsburg, Portland, and Austin). NYC Branch Coordinator, Poet Michael Collins.
 
And congratulations to her on being awarded a residency at
Moulin a Nef, the VCCA-France location in Auvillar!